Mama, Is It Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure depicts the tender relationship between a mother and her son, both anxious for the return of summer. We watch their outdoor routine alter with the progression of spring.
They go about collecting the bits that trees have lost over winter for building huts and then carefully setting out seedlings. We see squirrels collect materials for building nests, leaves budding then forming on trees, all while warm winds blow in with the singing swallows. And after so many repeats of the refrain, “Not yet, little one,” Mama finally affirms the arrival of summer and it’s on to picking strawberries and idling in plastic backyard wading pools.
Each image was delicately made by McClure from a single sheet of paper using an X-Acto® knife. After, the black and white pictures were treated to splashes of color for greater appeal to children.
Perhaps you will be inspired to enjoy the pleasure of having a nap on a blanket under a tree after reading the delightful picture book Mama, Is It Summer Yet?